West Anatolia Transylvanian Niche Carpet

Second half 17th century West Anatolia, Manisa province Transylvanian Niche Carpet

Carpets of this kind were produced in weaving centres in the West Anatolian province of Manisa, chiefly for export to Europe. The largest number of them has survived in the Protestant churches of Transylvania, resulting in the whole group being summarily described as “Transylvanian” rugs. Part of the Kingdom of Hungary, the principality was situated at one of the interfaces of the Islamic and Christian worlds at the time, and local merchants played an important role in the transit trade with the Ottoman Empire. – This beautiful red-ground example displays a double niche design, a blue diamond-shaped central medallion decorated with white rosettes along its sides and a white-ground main border of large cartouches; it compares well with two examples published by Ionescu in Weidenbach (cat. 119) and Schässburg (cat. 121). More finely woven than other examples, it has a soft texture, a nuanced palette and meticulously drawn details. – The original finishes have survived all around.Size 125 x 182 cm 

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